The leader of Hamas has called for a new uprising against Israel after US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech from Gaza on Thursday.
“This will not stop until the liberation of Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
Mr Haniyeh also reiterated Hamas’ call for a “day of rage” across the Palestinian Territories on Friday. Protests and strikes are expected.
A spokesperson for the militant organisation previously said on Wednesday night that Mr Trump had “opened the gates of hell” by taking the unprecedented step of calling the contested city Israeli.
Israel annexed east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day war, a move that was never internationally recognised. Israelis claims the entire city as their capital – as do Palestinians.
Control of it remains one of the core stumbling blocks to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Like many presidential hopefuls before him, on the campaign trail Mr Trump promised to recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Over the last year, the new administration has delayed a decision on the issue.
Mr Trump’s Wednesday announcement, however, upends decades of US policy: the current US position is to recognise the status of Jerusalem in a final peace agreement.
The move has been almost universally condemned by the international community.
Observers worry such a symbolic move could spark renewed violence in Israel and the Muslim world, and risks showing the US is no longer interested in pursuing a two-state solution.
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision as an “historic landmark”, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that the move signals a “withdrawal” from the peace process.
The US has been seeking to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians since Mr Trump took office. The president has previously described brokering an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict “the ultimate deal”.